WORLD OF EXTERIORS A glam­orous new beauty des­ti­na­tion.

An old lady has un­der­gone a se­ri­ous facelift, meta­mor­phos­ing into what is un­de­ni­ably Aus­tralia’s most glam­orous beauty des­ti­na­tion. By EU­GE­NIE KELLY

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Contents - Pho­tographed by KRISTINA SOLJO

IT’S THE OLD­EST ADAGE IN BEAUTY. One backed by sci­ence, ap­par­ently. Say it with me: a per­fectly sym­met­ri­cal face is the most beau­ti­ful. But if any­one knows Dr Joseph Hkeik — cos­metic physi­cian to Sydney’s fash­ion­able and fa­mous set — that’s the first myth he dis­pels dur­ing your in­tro­duc­tory con­sul­ta­tion. Here goes the script: “Per­fec­tion lacks char­ac­ter,” he as­sures us. (Cue com­fort­ing pat on back.) “Any­one can mea­sure a face and make it sym­met­ri­cal.” (Cue dra­matic pause as he ex­am­ines our fur­rowed brow, fol­lowed by ev­ery pore of our sun-wiz­ened skin.) The ver­dict: “We need to en­hance your nat­u­ral aes­thetic and make your face and skin its most beau­ti­ful. (And here comes the clincher …) “But there’s beauty in the un­ex­pected.”

They’re words you’re more likely to hear from an artist than an aes­thetic physi­cian who is re­garded as the go-to guy when you need to get red-car­pet ready. So it’s no sur­prise Dr Hkeik was once a pas­sion­ate sculp­tor who also stud­ied draw­ing, ce­ram­ics and paint­ing. That’s where the in­nate un­der­stand­ing of the fe­male form stems from. Along with this idea of find­ing beauty in the un­ex­pected — which he has now ap­plied to his life­long dream pro­ject: per­haps the most gob­s­mack­ingly gor­geous beauty des­ti­na­tion in Aus­tralia right now.we’re talk­ing a sprawl­ing two storey vic­to­rian terrace in Sydney’ s Dou­ble Bay that Dr Hkeik has spent the past nine months trans­form­ing into his shin­ing All Saints Skin Clinic in col­lab­o­ra­tion with ar­chi­tect and in­te­rior de­signer Blainey North.

“I love that Joseph be­lieves beauty isn’t about pre­cise sym­me­try!” agrees North, whose ac­claimed de­sign firm boasts such high-pro­file clients as James Packer and Ni­cole Kid­man. “We had this idea that when you take two mir­rors and put them op­po­site each other — but at an an­gle — it cre­ates this un­ex­pected thing. We played with that — with the

A treat­ment room at All Saints Skin Clinic in Sydney, fea­tur­ing in­te­ri­ors by Blainey North.

Dr Joseph Hkeik.

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